Lately, I’ve been pissing people off. No, I can’t point at anything specific for this statement, but I’m vaguely (disquietingly) aware that I’m rubbing folks the wrong way. It’s not intentional — I make a comment here and there that are simply a truth (or a truthful retelling) and I end up with someone less […]


Note to self: preparing a list of likely (and point-balanced) qualities for a well-known Chancel and Imperator does not appreciably make the Chancel- and Imperator-creation process go any faster than doing nothing of the kind beforehand.

Game summary

Friday, the DnD group continued to wander aimlessly through a deadly forest that drives people insane, rots your food, and attracts things that go *munch* in the night. Huge surprise, there was combat, and lots of it. Saturday was Jackie’s “high level” Necropolis game. (I put that in quotes because the group is three levels […]

Being the Grown-up Gamer

Stumbled across an old article on Pyramid’s site entitled “How to keep Gaming after Adulthood”. The author makes some excellent points about what makes gaming as an adult more difficult than it ‘used to be’. […] the conditions under which most of us learn to roleplay — high school and college — are ones that […]

I will be very unhappy if this delays the movie release

So White Wolf is suing Sony for copyright infringement re: Underworld and Vampire: the Masquerade. … alleging 17 counts of copyright infringement for the film Underworld, set for release on September 19. White Wolf alleges that Underworld characters, theme and setting are based on White Wolf’s award winning games Vampire: The Masquerade? and Werewolf: The […]

Mashup, by gummint!

Population: One: Monday Mashup #6: Huck Finn Huck, the quintessential youth, and Jim, the quintessential outsider, float down a river on a raft. They are not in control of their travels to any large degree, and they are willing to accept what comes as a gift from the gods. Adventures, in many ways, happen to […]


One of the nice things about the Blogging internet is that you can post a rant stating that gamers are misanthropic, maladjusted blights on society (giving about a half-dozen examples to support the idea that all gamers are pariahs) and that you swearing off gaming entirely… …get soundly lambasted by everyone who replies to the […]


WISH 61: Characters for Other People Come up with a character concept for one to three other gamers you know. System, genre, stats (if you even bother with stats) up to you. How did the gamer(s) influence the concept(s) you came up with? Would you play the character(s) you came up with yourself?

Banana Dacquiri?

Some great notes on pulp adventure campaign that the GM has just started up. Great fun. I’ve gone into some detail here, because, well, I’m dead proud of it, and because I’ve not done such extreme scene-framing before. The whole of the early section was a way of saying “This is the sort of bizarre […]

This post is a year late

Having finally had a chance to play through some Spycraft stuff, I can finally see what people have been saying — the combat system changes take it head-and-shoulders above the standard d20 combat system. Fluid, smooth, and much more intuitive to a non-tactically-thinking gamer, they literally made it possible to ‘do what the guys in […]


Saw the trailer for Underworld tonight when we went to S.W.A.T. I’d been using pictures of Kate Beckinsdale for Jackie’s high-Aspect character in Nobilis. After seeing the trailer, Jackie could only grin and nod her head approvingly. I’d say I picked well. Movie looks cool, too.